Driver Hits 3 in Manhattan Before Crashing into Store: Cops

The suspect also allegedly assaulted and robbed a man

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    The driver hit a light pole on 29th Street before crashing into a storefront, police said.

    A driver fleeing police in Manhattan struck three people, injuring one seriously, before crashing into a store window and abandoning his vehicle Saturday morning, according to authorities.

    Police said the driver was one of two men who assaulted and robbed another man on 34th Street and Seventh Avenue, punching the victim in the face and stealing his watch and bag.

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    An on-duty MTA officer saw the robbery in progress and approached the men, police said. One of the suspects allegedly walked away, while the other got into a gold Nissan Maxima and drove into the officer, who had attempted to stop the car.

    Police said the driver then hit a pedestrian before driving westbound in the eastbound lanes on 34th Street and then driving in the wrong direction on Sixth Avenue.

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    After turning on 29th Street and driving against traffic, the suspect allegedly struck a bicyclist, then hit a light pole and crashed into a dry cleaners on Lexington Avenue before fleeing the scene.

    The 25-year-old bicyclist was taken to Bellevue Hospital in serious condition and was in surgery after suffering multiple broken bones, police said. The pedestrian and MTA officer who were struck both had minor injuries, according to police.

    Police are looking for the driver and the other suspect who robbed and punched the first victim.
     

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